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The Red Skeleton with Black Birds, and Sugar Skulls

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  • The Red Skeleton with Black Birds
    and some sugar skulls too
  • Skeletons are a recurring theme in my work. My fascination with skeletons and skulls is primarily from exposure to Mexican culture and immersion in the underground music scene. I do not see skeletons as representations of death.

    The Mexican folk artist Alfonso Castillo has influenced my approach to ceramics, in imagery, construction methods and surface decoration. Much of his work epitomizes the celebration of the Day of the Dead. This holiday is marked to recall persons that have passed and as a reminder of our own mortality.

    Skeletons are the foundation of our flesh and after decay the only thing that remains. Nearly every culture on earth use skulls to convey a warning. In modern American pop culture skeletons can say I’m a badass stay away or I’m cool. Either way skulls are here to stay.